Gentle's Holler

Gentle's Holler

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Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden, Kate Forbes

The sixties may have come to other parts of North Carolina, but with Mama pregnant again, Daddy struggling to find work, and nine siblings underfoot, nobody in the holler has much time for modern-day notions. Especially not twelve-year-old Livy Two, aspiring songwriter and self-appointed guardian of little sister Gentle, whose eyes “don’t work so good yet.” Even after a doctor confirms her fears, Livy Two is determined to make the best of Gentle’s situation and sets out to transform the family’s scrappy dachshund into a genuine Seeing Eye dog. But when tragedy strikes, can Livy Two continue to stay strong for her family?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419371288
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/27/2006
Series: Maggie Valley Trilogy
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Kerry Madden has written plays, journalism (Los Angeles Times, Salon, Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Sierra Club Magazine), and six books including Offsides, a New York Library Pick for 1997, and Writing Smarts, a guide to creative writing published by American Girl. In 2005 she turned her hand to children’s literature with Gentle's Holler, the first installment in what became the award-winning Maggie Valley Trilogy, Viking Children's Books. It earned starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, was named a “Pick” by both the New York and the Chicago Public Libraries, and was the featured children’s book of North Carolina at the National Book Festival. The next book in the trilogy, Louisiana’s Song (2007) was equally well received, being named a Bank Street College Book of the Year and a finalist for several other awards. The third installment, Jessie’s Mountain, was published in 2008 to strong reviews. Most recently Madden published UpClose Harper Lee as part of Viking's UpClose Series and received a starred Kirkus for this biography. She has taught at the University of Tennessee, Ningbo University in China, UCLA, and elsewhere, and has visited schools across the country as a guest author. She has just accepted a new job at the University of Alabama in Birmingham as a professor of Creative Writing beginning the fall of 2009.

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Gentle's Holler 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yes Maggie Valley North Carolina is a real place duhh i live here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madden's voice is so gentle and descriptive, it guides the reader into a world of simple mountain life, yet the clouds of change threaten. The reader always feels assured that the family, particularily Livy Two, the narrator, can figure out a way to survive, no matter what. The tenderness and caring are abundant in this story. A surprisingly sweet read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really connected to the story and the characters in Livy Two's family, but I want to know what happens next to them! I felt like I knew this mountain family. I want to go visit Maggie Valley and find out if it's a real place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my daughter who is seven. She loved it and so did I. This is a really special book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a simple but beautifully told story about a charming old world family. Kerry Madden creates wonderfully textured characters in Livy Two, her parents and her multiple siblings. Livy Two is adventurous and naughty enough for any child to adore. It's about hope, ambition and dreams. A lovely family to fall in love with and a refreshing world for youngsters to enter. Particularly good for girls sick of modern science fiction.